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The collection includes page images, descriptions and full digital text of more than a thousand documents. Search options include:

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In addition to the core collection, the following are available:

  • Banting's scrapbooks - page images of three scrapbooks, compiled by FG Banting, documenting his career and personal life. Selected items in the scrapbooks have also been individually described and included in the core collection. These items are listed on each scrapbook page.
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Letter to Sir Henry Dale 22/02/1954
Early clinical experiences with insulin
The first clinical trials of insulin
The history of the discovery of insulin
Some recent advances in endocrinology
Insulin a short history of its discovery and development
Letter to Professor Macleod 20/09/1922
Letter to Richard P. Strong 23/11/1923
The discovery of insulin
Fiftieth anniversary of insulin
Aberdeen's forgotten Nobel Prize winner: Professor J. J. R. Macleod (1876 - 1935)
Letter to Dr. Banting 16/09/1922
Banting scrapbook 1
Banting scrapbook 2
Banting scrapbook 3
The history of insulin
Early work on insulin
The internal secretion of the pancreas
The story of the discovery of insulin